By Lauren MacDermid.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you may be thinking about one thing and one thing only, CHOCOLATE! No need to be in a relationship to enjoy this love affair; this is one thing your taste buds will always enjoy. Chocolate is offered in many different varieties, including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, Couverture chocolate, Gianduja chocolate and “candy coating” chocolate to name a few. With the addition of different sugars, nuts, toffee, dried fruits and cookies, the options are endless. If chocolate is one of your favourite guilty pleasures book a stay at The Rosseau and visit the following year-round Muskoka chocolate experts in search of your favourite treat.
1. JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka, Minett
Chocolate culinary delights are hand crafted by The Rosseau’s talented pastry Chef, Cindy James. Cindy studied culinary, pastry and chocolate in Niagara and Europe, and she shares her talents by hosting chocolate making workshops for resort guests. Your next opportunity to learn more about chocolate with Cindy happens March 12th at 2pm.
JW Marriott guests can also enjoy hand crafted chocolate desserts such as Mochaccino Chocolate Semifreddo at Teca, Potato Chocolate Cake and Baked Alaska at Muskoka Chophouse and an assortment of chocolate hazelnut pastries, brownies and cakes at Cottages restaurant and Country Market.
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2. Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh, Bala
Stop in at this well-known Bala farm for a tart yet sweet snack of dark and white chocolate dried cranberries. Not only will you get a sweet treat but you can hike the extensive trails around the marsh to work up your chocolate appetite. Learn how the farm grows and harvests cranberries from their bogs to produce wine for their on-site winery, Muskoka Lakes.
3. Cottage Cravings, Bala
With over 30 different types of hot chocolate available you may have to come back more than once to sample all the delicious flavour options. How can you choose from Mexicoca, English toffee and S’mores? Not to worry, all flavours are also available for purchase, and while you’re at it, pick up a few in-store Belgian chocolates and truffles to accompany your chocolate-flavoured beverage.
4. Lucky Duck Fudge, Bala
The mother and daughter duo of Chris and Beth Ann Burgess inherited a 20-year-old fudge recipe from Beverly Nation in 2007 and have continued creating over 30 new Lucky Duck Fudge flavours ever since. Chocolate inspired flavours include milk chocolate, Skor toffee, Snickers, dark chocolate brownie, peanut butter moose tracks, chocolate orange and rocky road.
5. Lilibird, Bracebridge
As the only authorized Godiva retailer in Muskoka, you know there is chocolate to be found. In addition to Godiva, their private label Lillibird sources handcrafted chocolates and truffles from Belgium, as well as fine Callebaut chocolate from British Columbia. Their Belgian chocolate cashew buttercrunch Fraktals may be the answer to your sweet dreams.
6. Nutty Chocolatier, Huntsville
When you step foot into the Nutty Chocolatier, prepare to feel as though you have just walked into a scene from Harry Potter. They have every flavour jelly bean you can imagine! With an abundance of hand crafted truffles, fudge, chocolate barks and Callebaut Belgium chocolates one can certainly find something here for true indulgence.
7. Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream, Huntsville
This list would not be complete without mention of Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream. Dip into a cup or cone filled with Death By Chocolate, Moose Tracks, Truffle Trio, Muskoka Mocha, Wolf Paws, Bear Claws and Caramel Snappers year round, because ice cream is still delicious during winter.